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Japan Stops Ignoring the PlayStation 3, Sales Jump 900%

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304w ago - Looks like all is right with the world again, according to the latest numbers from Media Create.

This week on Sony's home turf, the PS3 moved 39,587 units- outselling the combined figures of the Wii and Xbox 360. Also worth noting is that PS3 sales jumped a whopping 907% from last week, when the PS3 sold only 3,931 units.

Hardware and software sales for the week of October 27th - November 2nd:

DSi - 171,925
PSP - 50,358
PS3 - 39,587
Wii - 23,123
DS Lite - 16,369
PS2 - 6,714
Xbox 360 - 6,119

1. Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3) - 132,676
2. Valkyrie Profile: The Accused One (DS) - 79,760
3. LittleBigPlanet (PS3) - 51,705
4. Pokemon Platinum (DS) - 47,243
5. Wagamama Fassion Girls Mode (DS) - 40,380
6. Rhythm Tengoku Gold (DS) - 38,558
7. Gran Turismo 5 Prologue: Spec III (PS3) - 34,965
8. Grand Theft Auto IV (360) - 33,648
9. Your Life's Rhythm DS (DS) - 26,191
10. Chocobo's Dungeon DS+ (DS) - 26,190
 

Sony's New Blu-spec Brings Blu-ray to CD Audio

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304w ago - Today Sony Music Entertainment Japan has unveiled a new Blu-spec CD format that promises higher quality audio by using Blu-ray technologies.

Sony will release 60 Blu-spec music CD's (mostly Classical and Jazz albums) on December 24, 2008. Sony also state they are hoping to encourage rival studios like EMI & Universal to support the format.

To quote: Blu-spec uses the blue lasers that would normally master Blu-ray movies to cut CDs more accurately than would be possible with red lasers.

In tandem with the use of polymer plastic for the discs themselves, the format should improve the quality of audio CDs while remaining compatible with existing CD players; the latter has been a weakness of Super Audio CD and other defunct sound formats.

The first Blu-spec discs are due to reach Japan on Christmas Eve and will focus mostly on classical and jazz music, including Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Miles Davis' Kind of Blue; 60 titles in all will be available from Sony.

The company is hoping to foster cross-label support from rivals such as EMI and Universal that have developed their own proprietary approaches to CDs.
 

Wal-mart Offering $100 Gift Card with 80GB PS3 this Saturday

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304w ago - Wal-Mart will be offering several in-store deals on electronic items on Saturday, November 8th.

Topping the list, they are offering an 80GB PlayStation 3 (likely not backwards-compatible unless from old stock) for $399 with a $100 Gift Card.

They also have an online Nintendo DS Lite Holiday Value Bundle for $149 which includes: Your choice of Nintendo DS Lite, your choice of two (2) DS games and a Princess Peach or Mario accessory tin kit.

Finally, they are offering the Ratchet & Clank PSP-3000 bundle and PS2 console, both of which include a $30 gift card.

Those interested can check out the deals HERE or linked above!
 

Creat Studios to Bring Three Titles to PlayStation Network

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304w ago - This week on the German USK rating board three new titles have popped up, all being created by Creat Studios who are currently busy on the new Tony Hawk title for the Nintendo DS.

The three titles are Magic Ball, Cuboid and Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom.

While we don't know nothing concrete on the games, Magic Ball could very well be a PlayStation 3 revision of Alawar Entertainment's Magic Ball series, effectively an Arkanoid clone with a twist.

Nothing could be found about Cuboid, but Mahjong Tales is fairly self explanatory. We should be hearing more about these titles soon.
 

Amazon Featuring All PlayStation 3 Deals in Gold Box Today!

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305w ago - Today, Amazon.com (linked above) is featuring all PS3-related items in their Gold Box deals.

Current deal of the day is the PS3 Eye for $22.98.

Scan some of the threads for predictions about what each of the upcoming deals will be.

Enjoy guys!
 
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